Nox Arcana

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Nox Arcana was formed in 2003 by Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski. The name Nox Arcana is derived from two Latin words, which roughly translate to "mysteries of the night." Nox Arcana is primarily known for creating conceptual, themed soundtracks with classic horror and Gothic literary references. Many of their albums also contain hidden riddles and interactive puzzles.

Nox Arcana's debut album, Darklore Manor, was featured as the musical score for the WB's televised special of the 1922 silent film classic, "Nosferatu", and has spawned a book of original horror stories, "The Legend of Darklore Manor and Other Tales of Terror". Their soundtracks have also been used in theatrical productions of Bram Stokers' "Dracula", Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and The Pendulum" and Lewis Carrol's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Their music is used by professional magicians and dance troupes, aired on the Fox TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," and appears in several games like Civilization IV, Warhammer and Into The Dark. During the Halloween season the music of Nox Arcana can be heard throughout haunted attractions and theme parks around the world, including Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Several of Nox Arcana's concept albums pay tribute to classic authors: Transylvania, ventures into the land of vampires, musically expounding upon Bram Stoker's Dracula. Necronomicon pays homage to H.P. Lovecraft. Blackthorn Asylum explores the horrors of a forsaken 19th century sanitarium with an original storyline that expands upon Lovecraft's "From Beyond." Carnival Of Lost Souls takes listeners inside an old-fashioned traveling circus in the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s short story "Something Wicked This Way Comes." Shadow Of The Raven is a tribute to 21 horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe, while Grimm Tales brings the childhood nightmares of the Brothers Grimm to music.

Nox Arcana created the music for Blood Of Angels in 2006, an album featuring vocals and lyrics by author and vocalist Michelle Belanger. Nox Arcana also delved into the realms of fantasy with Blood Of The Dragon, which opened at #4 on Amazon's New Age chart in its first week of release. Phantoms Of The High Seas explores the mysteries of the deep with a ghostly adventure steeped in pirate lore. Their gothic-Christmas release Winter's Knight peaked at #8 on the Billboard Music Chart for Best Holiday Album in 2006 and 2007.

In 2009 Nox Arcana became a solo project of Joseph Vargo, who is the sole composer and musician on Blackthorn Asylum and all subsequent albums, with William Piotrowski still providing the engineering. Winter's Eve and Winter's Majesty continue the medieval winter holiday theme. Theater Of Illusion is set in an old Vaudeville theater on Halloween night. The Dark Tower is based on Vargo's original "Dark Tower" book series which follows the story of a vampire lord in his quest to solve ancient mysteries surrounding an accursed keep. Vargo also composed the music for two Buzz-Works albums, Zombie Influx and House Of Nightmares. Vargo has also written songs for albums by Midnight Syndicate, Acid Witch, and Legion Of The Damned.

In October 2013, Vargo released Legion Of Shadows as a dedication to fans and to mark Nox Arcana's 10 year anniversary. Piotrowski simultaneously debuted Crimson Winter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) for a vampire film of the same name. In December 2013, Joseph released the first volume in a series of winter holiday EPs, culminating with the full-album release of Ebonshire in 2018. With the release of Gothic, Nox Arcana defined the genre, while Season Of The Witch explored the various aspects of the craft, both good and evil. In 2019, Joseph Vargo released The Cabinets Of Doctor Arcana (Game Soundtrack) following the video game success. For Halloween the same year Nox Arcana released The Haunted Symphony which tells the tale of a tormented musician who becomes obsessed with creating a dark masterpiece dedicated to his lost love.

Guest Vocalists and Musicians
Jeff Endemann performed vocals on "Coventry Carol" (Winter's Knight), "Treasure of the Four Crowns" (Blood of the Dragon), "Winter's Eve" (Winter's Eve), and "Scarborough Fair" (Winter's Majesty), and played lead guitar on the rock version of "Spellbound" (Carnival of Lost Souls).
Michelle Belanger performed as a guest vocalist on "Past Time with Good Company" (Winter's Knight), and collaborated with Nox Arcana on her solo album: Blood of Angels.
Jeff Hartz collaborated with Joseph Vargo on two albums: Zombie Influx and House of Nightmares.
Christine Filipak performed background vocals and narrations for "Nursery Rhyme" and "Music Box" (Darklore Manor), "Hall Of The Witch Queen" (Grimm Tales), and "The Messenger" (Winter's Eve).
Jim Hamar performed vocals on the rock version of "Spellbound" from Carnival of Lost Souls.
Ty Cook performed vocals on "Fate of the Tempest" (Phantoms of the High Seas).
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1001-CD Darklore Manor — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Darklore Manor(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1001-CD US 2003 Sell This Version
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1002-CD Necronomicon — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Necronomicon(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1002-CD US 2004 Sell This Version
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1003-CD Winter's Knight — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Winter's Knight (Album) Monolith Graphics 1003-CD US 2005 Sell This Version
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1004-CD Transylvania — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Transylvania(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1004-CD US 2005 Sell This Version
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1007-CD Blood Of The Dragon — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Blood Of The Dragon(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1007-CD US 2006 Sell This Version
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1006-CD Blood Of Angels — Nox Arcana Michelle Belanger Featuring The Music Of Nox Arcana Michelle Belanger Featuring The Music Of Nox Arcana - Blood Of Angels(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1006-CD US 2006 Sell This Version
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1005-CD Carnival Of Lost Souls — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Carnival Of Lost Souls(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1005-CD US 2006 Sell This Version
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1008-CD Shadow Of The Raven — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Shadow Of The Raven(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1008-CD US 2007 Sell This Version
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1009-CD Grimm Tales — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Grimm Tales(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1009-CD US 2008 Sell This Version
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1010-CD Phantoms Of The High Seas — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Phantoms Of The High Seas(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1010-CD US 2008 Sell This Version
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1012-CD Winter's Eve — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Winter's Eve(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1012-CD US 2009 Sell This Version
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1011-CD Blackthorn Asylum — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Blackthorn Asylum(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1011-CD US 2009 Sell This Version
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1013-CD Theater Of Illusion — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Theater Of Illusion(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1013-CD US 2010 Sell This Version
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1015-CD The Dark Tower — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana The Dark Tower(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1015-CD US 2011 Sell This Version
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1016-CD Winter's Majesty — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Winter's Majesty(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1016-CD US 2012 Sell This Version
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1017-CD Legion Of Shadows — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Legion Of Shadows(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1017-CD US 2013 Sell This Version
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1021-CD Gothic — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Gothic(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1021-CD US 2015 Sell This Version
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1024-CD Season Of The Witch — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Season Of The Witch(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1024-CD US 2017 Sell This Version
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1028-CD The Haunted Symphony — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana The Haunted Symphony(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics 1028-CD US 2019 Sell This Version
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MG 1027 The Cabinets Of Doctor Arcana (Game Soundtrack) — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana The Cabinets Of Doctor Arcana (Game Soundtrack)(9xFile, AAC, FLAC, MP3, Album, 320) Monolith Graphics MG 1027 Worldwide 2019
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Singles & EPs

MG 1019 Ebonshire : Volume 1 — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Ebonshire : Volume 1(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Monolith Graphics MG 1019 US 2013
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MG 1020 Ebonshire : Volume 2 — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Ebonshire : Volume 2(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Monolith Graphics MG 1020 US 2014
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MG 1022 Ebonshire : Volume 3 — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Ebonshire : Volume 3(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Monolith Graphics MG 1022 US 2015
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MG 1023 Ebonshire : Volume 4 — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Ebonshire : Volume 4(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Monolith Graphics MG 1023 US 2016
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MG 1025 Ebonshire : Volume 5 — Nox Arcana Nox Arcana Ebonshire : Volume 5(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Monolith Graphics MG 1025 US 2017